Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island – Cruel and Twisted Opener Sends Rejects Home

Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island hosted by Dr. Jessica Griffin and Pastor Calvin Roberson, went off with cannons blazing – literally. The “contestants” began the show at a meet and greet on a pirate ship.

The opening episode of Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island was similar to a school yard pick basketball game, where anyone that didn’t get picked as a companion was evicted from Honeymoon Island. A rather cruel and twisted way to start a show that’s supposed to be about love.

As all good love stories do, this one begins with 16 singles looking for love on a tropical island. Within the first few minutes, viewers are treated to a flesh parade certain to heat things up as the winter months approach. It’s not all fun and games, though. While it would be fun to watch beautiful people soak up the sun, that’s not what they’re there for. The marriage hopefuls have three weeks to find their perfect match or go home empty-handed. The drama (and the island temperature) is sure to rise this season.

Right down to business on Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island

It didn’t take long for the hammer to drop in the premiere episode of Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island.

First impressions were barely made when the hopefuls found out that they’d have to choose someone to pair up with within a day. Those that wound up alone would be sent home and their MAFS journey would end. That raised the stakes considerably right from the outset.

The other major difference in MAFS: Honeymoon Island is that those looking for a spouse are in charge of their own destiny. They will choose their matches. That said, they will have Pastor Calvin and Dr. Jessica Griffin around to give them advice.

Dr. Jessica Griffin found love with MAFS Season 6’s Jon Francetic. While she was never officially one of the hopefuls, she’s proof that the advice she gives works.

Initial Chemistry on Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island

Right from the jump, there were some contestants that had instant chemistry. The show claims that each of the 16 contestants were scientifically selected for compatibility. Now, viewers get to see that in action.

The spark was there immediately for Tyler Moody (25) and Isabella McKenzie (25). Viewers will recognize McKenzie from Married at First Sight: Second Chances.

Another Married at First Sight: Second Chances alum is Shannon Raddler (33) who had undeniable chemistry with Kimber Gardner (28). An interesting thing to note is that Shannon and Kimber were the first couple to lock lips publicly in front of their fellow cast members. It wasn’t a surprise to see either of these couples pair up when it came time to make the decision.

Initial chemistry may not be enough

With only a short window to choose a partner on Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island, initial connections were tested. Chris Perry (29) initially hit it off with Jada Rashawn (27). Chris has a daughter and Jada is a nanny that’s coming out of a 7-year relationship that ended in infidelity. The pair looked like a lock from day one until Jocelyn Thompson (30) got into the picture.

Jocelyn is a successful business owner, and there’s no doubt that she and Chris had instant physical chemistry. While Chris was more physically attracted to Jocelyn, his connection with Jada seemed to have more substance overall. Chris was headed for a tough decision. With the help of Pastor Calvin and Dr. Jessica, Chris ultimately went with Jada, leaving Jocelyn out in the cold.

Things rocky early for Jona and Brandin

Things seemed to be going well for Jona Bienko (35) and Brandin Brosh (28) until Jona wanted to test the waters. Despite his initial chemistry with Brandin, Jona wanted to talk to Kimber. This instantly set Brandin off and triggered an anxious response.

While Jona did end up with Brandin and Kimber with Shannon, there were some early warning signs. Brandin almost didn’t show up when Jona was up, and she did so reluctantly at best. As they were leaving Pastor Calvin and Dr. Jessica, Brandin rejected Jona’s hand. Dr. Jessica took note of this. It could spell trouble down the line.

Who paired up and who was sent home?

As entertaining as it would be to see all of these hopefuls soak up the sun on St. Lucia for the remainder of the season, that’s not how this works. While some love-hungry people get to fill their bellies with a parter of their choosing, others will go home with empty stomachs. Below is a list of the couples that are moving on, as well as those that were sent packing on MAFS:

  • Tyler Moody and Isabella McKenzie
  • Shannon Raddler and Kimber Gardner
  • Chris Perry and Jada Rashawn
  • Jona Bienko and Brandin Brosh
  • Eric Acosta and Katie Muller

For some, their stay was anything but a honeymoon. While they may still be looking for love, they will have to look elsewhere. These are the hopefuls that had their dreams of finding a spouse dashed:

  • Travis Dalton
  • Mekalya Silvera
  • Lizzie Muse
  • Jocelyn Thompson
  • Corey Saunders
  • Bryan McKay

What to expect on Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island

With the first episode of Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island in the books, there’s quite a bit to take away from it. There are certain matches that seem perfect from the start. On the opposite side of that coin, some pairings already have red flags. Also, based on the teaser at the end of the first episode, this isn’t the last we will see of some. The honeymoon phase looks like it might be over for some couples as the season progresses, and it looks like we haven’t seen the last of Jocelyn, either.

The drama on Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island isn’t the only thing heating up. There’s still action simmering from the recently completed season of Married at First Sight. Mia Bally claimed she has evidence that her ex was stalking her and lied to get her arrested.

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